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In the Music Department at Northwest, vocal and instrumental musicians have lots of opportunities to showcase their talents in the classroom and beyond.
Choral Music students have several outlets to express themselves musically. The Northwest Singers is an all-purpose choral ensemble that performs in concert each fall and spring. Each year, a small group of Singers is chosen by highly competitive audition to join the Entertainers, a song and dance troupe who perform with piano accompaniment and with the Northwest Jazz Band. Scholarships are available for full-time students.
Instrumentalists who enjoy marching to the beat, the Ranger Band represents the college at athletic and community events and provides scholarships to eligible students. If instrumental music is more your style, the Symphonic Winds and Jazz Bands feature contemporary and traditional styles of music from various genres. Public performances are given in the Fine Arts Auditorium each fall and spring. Participation in any of these groups is by audition and open only to full-time students.
Scholarships are available for both instrumental and vocal performance groups. Interested high school seniors need to bring a prepared song to announced auditions. An accompanist is provided or they may bring an accompaniment CD. Ensembles for which to audition include Northwest Singers, Chamber Choir and Entertainers. For more information, contact VanDyke at (662) 562-3337.
Band scholarships are available for the Ranger Marching Band, Jazz Band, Northwest Symphonic Band and the Mighty Ranger Pep Band. Any incoming student may audition, and scholarships range from tuition to tuition, room and board. Students must perform scales or rudiments and a short etude of about one to two minutes in length. There is no limitation on the number of scholarships available. For more information, contact John Ungurait, director of Bands, at (662) 562-3335.
What can I expect from a career in Music performance?
Musicians, singers, and related workers play musical instruments, sing, compose or arrange music, or conduct groups in instrumental or vocal performances. They perform solo or as part of a group, mostly in front of live audiences in nightclubs, concert halls, and theaters. They also perform in recording or production studios for radio, TV, film, or video games. Regardless of the setting, they spend considerable time practicing alone and with their bands, orchestras, or other musical ensembles.
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What can I expect from a career in Music Education?
Music education is an interdisciplinary program that involves the study of music, education, language, psychology and philosophy, as well as a focus in instrumental or vocal music. While most music education programs prepare students for teaching certification, they differ in which certification students may be qualified to take. Graduates can teach in public or private settings at the elementary, high school or college level, work in administration, design curriculum or perform research.
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